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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2

President's Word

Department of Preventive Medicine, Military Hospital, Khamis Mushyait, Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication25-Jul-2014

Correspondence Address:
Waleed S Abu-Melha
Department of Preventive Medicine, Military Hospital, Khamis Mushyait
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-2618.137564

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Abu-Melha WS. President's Word. Saudi J Obesity 2014;2:2

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In the beginning of this year, the new board of Saudi Arabian Society of Metabolism and Bariatric Surgery was elected for the second cycle of 3 years duration. In this cycle, many challenges will face us and the society should play vital roles to overcome such challenges. The first and the foremost, the society should play major role in educating Saudi community regarding danger of obesity and overweight which exceed 75% through the new media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in addition to traditional media (TV, Magazine and Radio). The second challenge is the widespread management of obesity with different health professionals using many approaches, which may lack clinical evidence and put patients at high risk of many complications including death. Concerning this issue, society will coordinate with the high authority in Ministry of Health and other related health sector regarding issuing standards and criteria of accreditation of medical and surgical centers involved in management of obesity in Saudi Arabia. Other important challenge is the development of health care providers who are involved in prevention and management of obesity all over the country. In this regard, society will make agreement of understanding with concerned governmental and private health sectors regarding training and developing the health professionals.


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